The legendary 1991 Paul Sauer was the first of 4 Paul Sauer vintages to win the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Trophy for the World’s Best Red Blend at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. This was a tremendous achievement for a new South African wine and it helped carve the world’s view of modern-day SA.
Wines of that era are generally elegant and powerfully structured but few still show purity of fruit. ‘It has another 20 years left in the bottle,’ remarks winemaker Beyers Truter after drinking it recently. He remembers 1991 as having ‘excellent vintage conditions with amazing fruit’ and he only has a few special bottles left.
‘Very few wines ever make it to true legendary status. But in the history of fine wine in South Africa, the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1991 has already reached near mythical status. Recognised worldwide and lauded with international praise, this wine represents true vinous gold and resonates as one of the greatest South African icon wines ever produced.’ – Greg Sherwood MW, 98/100
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot, it is 12.85% alcohol and was matured in new oak for 25 months. As part of the 115 fine local and international Bordeaux-themed lots on auction, lot 11 is an immaculately-stored 12-bottle case of the Kanonkop Paul Sauer 1991. The forthcoming Strauss & Co Fine Wine Auction which will be live-streamed on Sunday, 10 May at 11 am – see here. The exciting wine catalogue comes off the back of a record Rhône-themed sale in April.
Make sure you register to bid 24 hours before the session takes place on the Invaluable.com online auction platform.
The current Kanonkop vintages are arguably just as famous as the 1991. You can shop online for the 2016 Paul Sauer Magnums.